Why do we pray?

by adustyframe ~ February 4th, 2010

I don’t pretend to be an expert on prayer. Studies and books have been written for centuries on this topic and I can’t expound any better than that!

However, I want to share a few reasons why I pray.

I’ve journaled in a blank book for several years when I’m studying a topic or reading the Bible. I started it to record verses I could pray for my husband.

Then I found verses to pray about myself–more than I found for him by the way. I also found verses to pray for my son.

I love looking back at these and seeing how much the Lord has taught me and how much it still applies to my life.

1. God’s grace is sufficient.

2. God is bigger than anything I face.

3. God knows how the situation will end. If I rely on him through prayer, it allows him to control my life. He doesn’t make mistakes.

4. God is absolute truth in the middle of deceit and denial. He keeps the real records in heaven.

5. Prayer melts stony hearts.

6. God is always awake. I can go to him at any time of day or night.

7. Prayer admits I can’t do this myself.

8. Prayer gives me God’s wisdom for the situation.

9. I can ask God what to pray for.

10. Prayer is a piece of the “armor of God”. Praying Scripture is a part of the shield. Ephesians 6.

11. Ultimately prayer is faith in God.

Prayer isn’t–

1. a “Dear Santa” letter.

2. manipulating God.

This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but here are a few resources I’ve learned from.

The 29:59 Plan

What Happens When Women Pray by Evelyn Christenson–all her books on prayer are wonderful.

EM Bounds books on prayer

Lord Teach Me To Pray Kay Arthur

The Power of A Praying Wife Stormie Omartian

How To Pray When You Don’t Know What To Say Elmer Towns (I haven’t read this one but it looks really good!)

Too Busy Not To Pray Bill Hybels


6 Thoughts Shared to Why do we pray?

  1. Stephanie Bateman

    Thank you so much for sharing this post about prayer. I have found the same thing as you….when I was praying for my husband (when we were still married), YHWH actually showed me what I needed to help me become a better daughter of HIM.

    Be blessed!

  2. Pam

    That is a perfect list Lizzie…..thank you sooooo much…..
    Have a blessed weekend
    Pam, South Bend

  3. Katherine

    This is a great list! I am going to print it out for myself, and for my boys. ♥

  4. MaggieRaye

    Gosh, have you been reading my mail…lol…I so needed this…you just don’t know…well, actually you do if you read my most recent email…

    Yup! Pretty much where I’m at.

    As always a blessing found here…thanks for sharing.

  5. AZ

    Good words!

  6. Gette

    Thanks for sharing! Great post. I really need these list for myself and for kids. To be a better person!

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